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Old 05-03-2005, 06:52 AM   #1
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Default Turbo mpg

I have been charting mine since I bought it. Here is what I am getting, this comparable to other Turbo drivers?

MPG
15.91
17.65
18.67
19.33
19.21
18.23
16.97

Currently I have no bed cover, and I just recently put my sport lights back on. Sport lights seem to drop mpg by about 2, in my list the first 2 numbers and the last are with the sport lights on.

I am looking for ways to improve my mpg, I am figuring a bed cover should help; and maybe the sunroof deflector will help with the roof lights on.
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Old 05-03-2005, 07:42 AM   #2
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I am getting about 20mpg...on mine but I don't care I enjoy the ride.
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Old 05-03-2005, 08:42 AM   #3
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I've kept track of mine.
MPG
21.93
24.72
22.72
24.27
22.04
23.82
22.54
20.57
21.18
18.86
20.48
20.48
19.51
21.01
19.68
20.71
19.21
20.68
21.16
19.93
19.53
19.29
24.48
25.08 *highway, two lane road <70mph.
13.83 *offroad and lotsa throttle.
22.92
21.73
20.44
20.52
20.31
20.10
19.29
19.95
20.51
20.34
20.19
19.50
20.50
21.04
21.08
21.58
21.23
23.40
22.95

Overall average since I got the Baja 21.1mpg. Best way to improve milage is to alter your driving style, go slower and no jackrabbit starts.
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:25 AM   #4
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I get around 20mpg with mixed city and highway driving.
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Old 05-03-2005, 02:04 PM   #5
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For those breaking 20, do you have a bed cover installed?
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Old 05-03-2005, 03:18 PM   #6
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ive got a turbo, and i typically get 240-260 miles on a tank (when the low fuel light comes on i fill it again) so thats about 17-18.5 mpg ... however, when i dont go to the redline... i did one tank without any wot 's, nothing over 2500 rpm, and got like 340 miles to the tank (something like 23-25 mpg) so it is possible to get good gas mileage on our turbos... and ive got a few mods too, and no bedcover
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Old 05-03-2005, 04:51 PM   #7
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new up-pipe for the last 3 tanks , no bedcover..
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Old 05-03-2005, 07:40 PM   #8
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Replacing the uppipe raised your average slightly? I was under the impression that would lower the mpg as you would be burning more - but then this is all new to me. Is that a fairly straight forward bolt on installation? What effect would replacing the exhaust have then (aside from the throatier sound and slight hp boost)?

Aside from that my only other ideas for helping mpg are:

- bed cover
- sunroof deflector - curious if this will help offset the wind resistance of the sport lights

Generally most of my driving is highway, I hardly ever hit high rpm and typically stay at a constant speed (65-75).
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Old 05-03-2005, 08:11 PM   #9
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hi guys, first time post. been reading for sometime. 05 turbo. 19.5 driving the way I like it 21.5 staying under 3000 RPMs. With bed cover. Kind on a highway city mix.

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Old 05-03-2005, 08:16 PM   #10
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When I first bought my Turbo, I was getting around 19 to 19.5 MPG. That was in the middle of November.
For most of the winter, up here in the Northeast, that is pretty much what I was averaging. On a couple of short trips I saw over 20.
After my second oil change, at 6,000 miles, and switching to Valvoline 5-W30 Durablend, I noticed an increase in mileage to over 22 mpg. I have seen as much as 25MPG on the highway.
I drive mostly in "country", with an occasional bit of highway.
I do tend to baby the car a little, but every once in awhile, I let it run!
I don't know what the "breaking in" point is, but I have been seeing better economy and the power seems to be getting better.
As I have stated before, I run nothing but Mobil 93, except when I can find Shell with V-power, and the car runs fine.
For best mileage, drive as smooth as you can, keep your tires properly inflated, and your mileage will improve.
Keep it under 90, folks!
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Old 05-03-2005, 08:38 PM   #11
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I got sick of looking at my #s,since 80% of the time i do jack rabbit starts and driving it like i stole it! By the needle movement which is fast,i'm guessing 15 mpg and lower I don't like being second,my foot's the heaviest when its wet out.
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Old 05-03-2005, 08:59 PM   #12
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I got sick of looking at my #s,since 80% of the time i do jack rabbit starts and driving it like i stole it! By the needle movement which is fast,i'm guessing 15 mpg and lower I don't like being second,my foot's the heaviest when its wet out.
yeah, thats my problem as well... but i try to control it a lil bit, thats why i sit at 17-18 mpg lol who cares though, im only wasting my gas money, and having a blast doing it!
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:13 PM   #13
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The Hell with gas prices,i think we all bought one for the fun we get out of it cause we aint getting any younger.
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:22 PM   #14
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AMEN TO THAT....
if I want to save gas I drive the VW and shift at 2500 RPM, which I never do its more like 7500 RPM everytime and if I took it easy n the VW I get like 25~27 in the city and 30+ in the highway.
The baja gets like 19 Ave and that with alot of full boost going on......
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Old 05-04-2005, 03:00 PM   #15
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I have a 55 mile commute each way, the first 20 miles is windy foothill
roads including a good sized canyon with switchbacks. The rest is freeway.
I have never gotten less than 19 and usually get 22-23. The best I got was
27 on a long trip, part freeway, part fast foothill roads. I don't constantly
twist its little neck, but I don't baby it either. No bed cover.
18k miles, 1 year old this month.

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Old 05-04-2005, 10:09 PM   #16
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Old 05-04-2005, 10:55 PM   #17
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Min 19.91
Avg 21.99
Max 24.37

I have a mix of HWY & City - DC Traffic. As mentioned on other posts, I haven't noticed any difference when I added the Snuglid.
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Old 05-05-2005, 08:21 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by jason.bogdan
Replacing the uppipe raised your average slightly? I was under the impression that would lower the mpg as you would be burning more - but then this is all new to me. Is that a fairly straight forward bolt on installation? What effect would replacing the exhaust have then (aside from the throatier sound and slight hp boost)?
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I don't think the uppipe raised the milage, maybe just a temporary shift due some change in my driving style, filled up yesterday and am back to 21mpg. I would wait for a couple more tanks before I would call it a milage improvement.

Although it is a stretch, you could consider that the catless uppipe offers less restriction so when not under boost, the horsepower required to push exhaust out the tailpipe is now available for the wheels, therefore milage could improve. Trouble is with the uppipe, I get boost sooner and therefore use more fuel...

As far as straight forward installation, there is nothing complicated about the install. The trouble is that there is a lot of crap to disassemble and reassemble to do the job. It took me about 4 hours, but I wasn't in any big hurry. There are threads that discuss uppipe install. Replacing exhaust should have a fairly large hp gain on turbocharged motors.
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Old 05-06-2005, 06:07 PM   #19
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I get 300 miles on a full tank of highway driving. I have a bed cover but I haven't noticed a difference. The only thing I really notice is me and gas pump are close friends.
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:18 PM   #20
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i just got 300 miles on my tank o' gas, must be a fluke b/c i wasnt conservative at all, or maybe she is starting to break in (5000 miles now)
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Old 05-20-2005, 08:37 AM   #21
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Ok, after 7 tanks through the Baja with the new up-pipe my average MPG has improved by just over 1mpg. It will take a lot of miles to recover the cost of the up-pipe. Increased milage is not a reason to get one, just an interesting side effect. The good stuff is quicker spool of the turbo Yeah, baby....
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Old 05-20-2005, 07:30 PM   #22
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did you just swap the uppipe and nothing else?
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Old 05-21-2005, 06:53 AM   #23
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Yes, just up-pipe.
I am considering a TBE. Maybe in Aug-Sep. then a CF or AL hood in Dec.
I figure if I spread out the mods, the car will always seem fresh.
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Old 05-21-2005, 12:13 PM   #24
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Alota people have said this, but although i havent recorded all of my mileage, i have calculated it for every tank since we bought its (at 21,250 now) and its all about how you drive it. I have gotten 25 on long highway trips, but also my lowest was 13.4 when i had driven it like a crazy man. If you drive judiciously around town, you should expect 17-19 mpg. Also, my experience is that the automatic is programmed for maximum fuel efficiency, as the only way i have had terrible mileage is when i drove it in manumatic mode alot.
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